The Hollywood Vampires Tour Hits The UK Next Month
A trio made up of rock royalty and a Hollywood legend combine for a spectacular rock and roll experience. This ultimate supergroup, jointly known as The Hollywood Vampires, are bringing a full band line-up for their UK show promising a very special night.
With speed, we are racing towards one of the astounding and anticipated tours of the summer which are certainly to live on in the memories of all who attend if not rock history itself. In June the holy trinity of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp, aka The Hollywood Vampire’s, will ignite stages in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London for the first time.
The story of the Hollywood Vampires began in the 1970s on the Sunset Strip at the Rainbow Bar & Grill’s upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires, “I would walk in on a typical night and John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon—who would usually be in a costume like a maid or a chauffeur—Bernie Taupin, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz would be there. The next week might be Bernie Taupin, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Mickey Dolenz.”
Cooper and his close friend Johnny Depp got together and decided that the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again; although without the inductee needing to out drink the members. Cooper and Depp were joined by longtime mutual friend Joe Perry and the recording in tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires began. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh and play together. Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Joe Walsh, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Zak Starkey and more stopped by to record. The Hollywood Vampires released their self-titled debut album in 2015 which included original single, Bad As I Am, plus renditions of some iconic rock favourites and tracks which capture the Hollywood Vampires spirit.
Joining Alice Cooper on vocals, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry on Guitar The Hollywood Vampires band including Cooper’s wife Sheryl Cooper, adding her incredible vocal skills, ex-The Cult bassist Chris Wyse and SX-10 drummer Glen Sobel. Adding their considerable talents to complete the band Buck Johnson on the keyboard and Tommy Henriksen pulling double duty providing additional guitar as well as being the overall musical director for this incredible event.
Aerosmith guitarist Perry gave a teaser of what to expect at these shows “I don’t say things like this often, but this band is (bleeping) good,”. Depp speaking within the same USA Today interview warns audience members “There will be rumbling in ears and there might be blood trickling out of one ear,” to which Cooper adds “Then we’ll know we’ve done our job,” If you don’t think that is enough of a tantaliser there may also be, we are told in hush tones, one or two surprises on the night. Who knows what the Vampires have hiding in their lair.
Just to be sure this spectacular night hits every spot The Hollywood Vampires will be supported by BRIT Award, Kerrang Award and Ivor Novello Award winners The Darkness. The remarkable and highly influential The Dammed, who have recently celebrated their fourth decade as a band.
The Hollywood Vampires UK Tour Dates are as follows:
Saturday 16 June at Birmingham’s Genting Arena
Sunday 17 June at The Manchester Arena
Tuesday 19th June at Glasgow’s The SSE Hydro
Wednesday 20th June at London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley